In the continued offseason evolution of the Cardinal roster, the team parted ways with three players on Tuesday, as the free agent free-for-all continues to inch closer. The team parted ways with outfielder Adron Chambers, first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson and catcher Rob Johnson.
The decision was made to outright each from the club’s 40-man roster, which each followed by electing for free agency. Each played bit parts with the team throughout the year, with Chambers playing the furthest into the season with the club, as he was a part of both the Wild Card and NL Championship Series rosters. He was also the most tenured member of the team to leave the organization, as he was drafted by the team in the 38th round of the 2007 draft and appeared in parts of three separate seasons. For his career, he is a .216 hitter in 88 career at-bats, after turning in several promising seasons while rising through the system. The most promising of those years was 2012, when Chambers hit .319 for Memphis and saw his longest look in the majors as well. However, despite his plus speed and defensive ability, he was buried by Shane Robinson’s hot spring and then never showed the bat to be able to put his best asset to work.
Johnson was brought in as an experienced backstop to share the spring load, and to guard against any potential regression from Tony Cruz. Yet when Cruz proved capable of handling the load when needed, especially during the absence of Yadier Molina to injury, Johnson eventually became not much more than an emergency fallback option than anything else. The 31-year-old hit .171 in 20 games in St. Louis, after a .236 effort in Memphis across 59 contests.
Peterson was one of the best stories of the season, reaching the Majors after 11 years spent in the minors. He hit 25 home runs in his All-Star season for Memphis, he made his long-awaited MLB debut, but managed only two hits in 26 at-bats afterwards, and never carried over into being the type of right-handed power threat the team had hoped for.
With the release of the Chambers, Johnson and Peterson, along with the elections for free agency by Chris Carpenter, Rafael Furcal, Edward Mujica and Carlos Beltran, three spots on the Cardinal 40-man roster are open. Jason Motte was activated from the 60-Day disabled list as well, taking another open spot on the roster.